Most Popular Choices
Share on Facebook 34 Printer Friendly Page More Sharing
OpEdNews Op Eds   

Doubts of the Famous

By       (Page 1 of 3 pages)   No comments
Message James A. Haught
Become a Fan
  (1 fan)

This piece was reprinted by OpEd News with permission or license. It may not be reproduced in any form without permission or license from the source.

(Image by Jonathan Lidbeck)
  Details   DMCA

Many famous people have been skeptics, and weren't afraid to say so. Here's part of my personal treasury of nuggets, collected over the decades:


"All thinking men are atheists." Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961), a character in A Farewell to Arms, chapter 2

"I cannot be angry at God, in whom I do not believe." French existentialist-feminist author Simone de Beauvoir (1908-1986)

"All your Western theologies, the whole mythology of them, are based on the concept of God as a senile delinquent." playwright Tennessee Williams (1911-1983), The Night of the Iguana

"There are a score of great religions in the world, each with scores or hundreds of sects, each with its priestly orders, its complicated creed and ritual, its heavens and hells. Each has its thousands or millions or hundreds of millions of 'true believers.' Each damns all the others with more or less heartiness and each is a mighty fortress of graft." novelist-socialist Upton Sinclair (1878-1968)

"The idea of the sacred is quite simply one of the most conservative notions in any culture, because it seeks to turn other ideas uncertainty, progress, change into crimes." novelist Salman Rushdie, 1990 Herbert Reade Memorial Lecture (while in hiding after Iranian mullahs offered $2 million reward for his murder for alleged blasphemy in The Satanic Verses)

"In ruder days, disputes about what constituted a fully qualified Christian often led to sordid quarrels in which the disputants tortured, burned and hanged each other in the conviction that torture, burning and hanging were Christian things to do." New York Times columnist Russell Baker, December 1988

"In the name of religion, one tortures, persecutes, builds pyres." French playwright Eugene Ionesco (1912-1994), Esquire magazine, 1974

"Our existence is but a brief crack of light between two eternities of darkness." Russian-American novelist Vladimir Nabokov (1899-1977)


"I'm an atheist, and that's it. I believe there's nothing we can know except that we should be kind to each other and do what we can for other people." actress Katharine Hepburn (1907-2003), Ladies' Home Journal, October 1991

Next Page  1  |  2  |  3

(Note: You can view every article as one long page if you sign up as an Advocate Member, or higher).

Rate It | View Ratings

James A. Haught Social Media Pages: Facebook page url on login Profile not filled in       Twitter page url on login Profile not filled in       Linkedin page url on login Profile not filled in       Instagram page url on login Profile not filled in

James A. Haught is editor emeritus of West Virginia's largest newspaper, The Charleston Gazette-Mail.  Mr. Haught has won two dozen national news writing awards. He has written 12 books and hundreds of magazine essays and blog posts. Around 450 of his essays are online. He is a senior editor of Free Inquiry magazine, a weekly blogger at Daylight Atheism, (more...)

Go To Commenting
The views expressed herein are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of this website or its editors.
Writers Guidelines

Contact AuthorContact Author Contact EditorContact Editor Author PageView Authors' Articles
Support OpEdNews

OpEdNews depends upon can't survive without your help.

If you value this article and the work of OpEdNews, please either Donate or Purchase a premium membership.

If you've enjoyed this, sign up for our daily or weekly newsletter to get lots of great progressive content.
Daily Weekly     OpEd News Newsletter
   (Opens new browser window)

Most Popular Articles by this Author:     (View All Most Popular Articles by this Author)

Feeding 7.7 Billion

Megachurch Mess

Religion-Tinged Politics

deadly labor struggles

The Dreams that Stuff is Made Of

Coal Mine Wars

To View Comments or Join the Conversation:

Tell A Friend